Week 32 TapRoot Farms CSA Newsletter

Hi everyone,

Welcome to November!

Important News from the Farm

This Thursday, November 7th, TapRoot and Noggins are starting at a new farmer's market opening in Hammonds Plains.  It is at the HP Community Centre every Thursday from 3: 00 - 7:00 PM.  We hope you can make it out to opening week, we will have lots of TapRoot goodies, and are excited about this new venture!

This weekend, on Saturday November 9th at 6 pm, we are holding a TapRoot city potluck meal in Halifax at United Memorial Church (5350 Young Street).  The whole family is invited and we hope to see you there!  More details and RSVP on the Facebook Event page.

Devour Food Film Fest - Wolfville Nov. 13 - 17thThis is a really awesome film fest happening in Wolfville later in the month.  TapRoot has sponsored the showing of a film, Women With Cows, and we invite you to come make this one a full house on Friday, November 15th at 2:00 PM!  Many of us from the farm will be attending the numerous films and galas, and so we hope to see you there!

Farm Fashion - By Amy

Early in October Trish invited me to come on board the Taproot team to work on the farm's latest endeavor. Producing linen from flax is a practice we humans have done for thousands of years, but in the last 100 years cotton and synthetic fibers have taken up most of market share and techniques in textile production. We are lucky to have a climate in Nova Scotia that is very suitable to flax growing; long cool spring days allow for tall plants to develop before they start to head up into flower in early July. Our history shows that we have great growing conditions for quality linen flax; 100 years ago counties in NS rivaled Ireland in terms of flax yield and most every farm had their own plot of flax for home use...  (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)

Note from Falicia

Hello All!

I hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween.  As I am sure everyone at Taproot Farms could tell you, I truly love holidays; even the ones that are not really classed as holidays, such as Halloween.

The farm is slowly starting to decline in staff members as the harvesting progressing, though the office is as busy as ever.  There are so many conferences and training sessions lately.  The next large conference is the ACORN conference in late November taking place in New Brunswick.  Last year I was not able to attend and to be honest I figured other Taproot staff would benefit far more than I would from a gathering of farmers and sharing of farm knowledge, but this year there are actually sessions about efficient office work and record keeping.  Everyone at Taproot is working together to make sure we all get to take part in this great experience; even I get to go!  I am very excited to be part of it as this will enable me to be better at my job; always room for improvement.


I have always really enjoyed working at Taproot Farms.  I have been part of the Taproot team for two years now (wow!).  Over the past couple months we have all been working on a new business plan for the farm.  This whole process has made me realize that I want to be part of Taproot Farm for quite a while.  It was so nice to be able to, as a group, look into the future and see what we want Taproot Farms to look like.  

Here's to another five great years and hopefully many more after that. 

Have a wonderful day and try to stay toasty in this frosty weather!


Price Checking Today - By Patricia

I am not often at the grocery store but I often wonder how our CSA Share boxes compare in price, quality, food miles, packaging, etc....to what is available at the grocery store. Today for some unknown reason I decided to pull up the share list on my phone and purchase each item for the appetizer share. I rang it through at the till separately so I wouldn't mix anything up. I chose organic when it was an option and the smallest packaged size that best reflects how much I think you will get in the appetizer share veggie box. Here is what I got.... (READ MORE)

Why your Gala Apples are Special

I always try to pass on little tidbits that I find out about the produce you're getting in your shares when I am lucky enough to hear it.  Last week, Justine discovered a couple random apples in the cooler that were really delicious, and then had to question all of us as to what kind they were and where they had come from.  In the end, we determined that they were Josh's second pick of Gala.  Josh said the second pick is the best tasting as the sugar level is higher: Normally they are picked with a lower sugar level so that they can be stored longer.  So, your Gala apples this week may not keep until February, but rumor has it they are super delicious! 

Shares Deliveries: Monday, November 4, 2013 - Sunday, November 10, 2013

*No changes to the delivery schedule due to next Monday being Remembrance Day, thanks!*

50 Week Veggie Share 2013

Awesome Eggs 2013

Staple Share 2013

Meat Share 2013

Fruit Share 2013

Have a fantastic week, hope to see you at the market, the potluck, or Devour!

--The TapRoot Team